Agenda and draft minutes

Executive - Tuesday, 14th September, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Penrith

Contact: Members Services 

Items
No. Item

E/23/09/21

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Greenwood and Rudhall.

E/24/09/21

Minutes

RECOMMENDATION that the public minutes E/11/07/21  to E/22/07/21 of the meeting of the Executive held on 20 July 2021 be confirmed and approved by the Chairman as a correct record of those proceedings (copies previously circulated).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that minutes E/11/07/21 to E/22/07/21 of the meeting of the Executive held on 20 July 2021 be confirmed and approved by the Chairman as a correct record of those proceedings.

E/25/09/21

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of the existence and nature of any private interests, both disclosable pecuniary and any other registrable interests, in any matter to be considered or being considered.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made. 

E/26/09/21

Questions and Representations from the Public

To receive questions and representations from the public under Rules 3 and 4 of the Executive Procedure Rules of the Constitution

 

Minutes:

The following question was received from a member of the public under Rules 3 and 4 of the Executive Procedure Rules of the Constitution:

 

Mr J Davies asked the following question of the Leader:

 

The Leader issued a statement on the 19th of August linked to the Council’s statement on the Newton Rigg site that currently has no planning applications submitted to the council for consideration based on the data on the Eden planning portal.


Yet the leader and the Council issued a planning related statement referring to PEN3 of the local plan.

Could the leader explain why this statement was issued when Eden council has failed to enforce the local plan on other developments that have and are taking place in Eden.

Examples such as EC3 of the local plan should be applied for example to the actions of Highways England who infilled Great Musgrave Bridge having been told by Eden council officers there was no need to apply for any permission.

 
That original response by Eden council to highways England has now been backtracked on as Eden Council after the public backlash to this action.

Other examples are the development to the south end of Mile lane that again risk reopening of the Penrith to Keswick railway line going against EC3 of the local plan due to the location at the junction point with the West Coast mainline.


Could the leader explain what the statement was issued and the Council by this appears to be enforcing the local plan in an inconsistent way when looking at other sites in Eden.

 

The Leader responded as follows:

 

The statement was issued in light of the Newton Rigg site being put up for sale which was reported in the local press. The purpose of the statement was to clarify planning policy in relation to the site.  I considered that it would be useful for the community to know what the planning policy position is.  I was not seeking to enforce the Local Plan as suggested.

 

Mr Davies asked the following supplementary question:

 

Could you as Leader of the Council explain how given the public statement regarding PEN 3 it is that the Council has not only turned a blind eye to PEN 2 of the Local Plan but the administration has actively worked to avoid which is evident by the Executive on Tuesday 2 July 2019 and the Executive voted to stop work on the delivery of a Masterplan for Penrith that would reflect the intentions and requirements of PEN 2 of the Eden Local Plan. Pen 2 clearly states the remaining strategic sites in the North and East of Penrith will not be given planning permission for development until Masterplans for those areas have been agreed with the Council. Masterplans will be expected to be in accordance with objectives and outputs contained in the Masterplan for Penrith. This policy requires that Masterplans are agreed with the Council a significant development in Penrith. This is because the Council does not wish  ...  view the full minutes text for item E/26/09/21

E/27/09/21

Questions from Members

To receive questions and representations from Members under Rule 5 of the Executive Procedure Rules of the Constitution

 

Minutes:

No questions or representations from members had been received under Rule 5 of the Executive Procedure Rules of the Constitution.

E/28/09/21

Economic Development Framework pdf icon PDF 428 KB

To consider report PP20/21 of the Assistant Director Development, in respect of Economic Development Framework (EDF) for Eden that will shape and drive forward economic development across the district over the coming years and, as a result, support delivery of the Council’s Corporate Priorities and One Eden agenda.

 

RECOMMENDED that:

 

1.            The proposed approach detailed in this report regarding an Economic Development Framework for Eden be approved, and that all associated future documents are considered by the Executive as and when they are produced.

2.            The Economic Prospectus, as detailed in Appendix 1 to this report, be approved with authority delegated to the Assistant Director Development, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Economies and Enterprise, to consult with partners as the basis for producing an updated version for consideration and approval by the Executive.

3.            The Interim Economic Recovery Plan detailed in this report be noted.

 

[Please note: Appendix 1 - Inspiring Eden Economic Prospectus (Working Draft) – will be sent ‘to follow’.]

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Members agreed to consider this matter as the next item of business to enable all Members to be present for the discussion.

 

Members considered the Assistant Director Development’s report PP20/21 which sought approval for an Economic Development Framework (EDF) for Eden that will shape and drive forward economic development across the district over the coming years and, as a result, support delivery of the Council’s Corporate Priorities and One Eden agenda.

 

Proposed by Councillor Taylor

Seconded by Councillor Sharp

 

and RESOLVED that

1)     the proposed approach detailed in this report regarding an Economic Development Framework for Eden is approved and that all associated future documents are considered by the Executive as and when they are produced.

2)     the Economic Prospectus, as detailed in Appendix 1 to this report, is approved with authority delegated to the Assistant Director Development, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Economies and Enterprise, to agree an approach to consulting with stakeholders as the basis for producing an updated version for consideration and approval by the Executive.

3)     the Interim Economic Recovery Plan detailed in this report is noted.

 

Other options considered: The alternatives to the proposal in this report was to either do nothing (which is consider not a viable option in the current economic climate) or produce a traditional economic strategy which can take a number or years to bring forward. It is considered that in the current economic climate that an agile and flexible approach provided by the EDF is essential to support the local economy through a period of significant change resulting from the pandemic and Brexit as well and the future changes in local government across Cumbria.

Reasons for decision: To put in place an effective economic development policy and delivery framework that will drive the implementation of the Council’s Corporate Plan and One Eden initiative in supporting local businesses within the current difficult economic climate and sustaining and developing this support through the local government review process.

At the conclusion of this item Councillor Robinson left the meeting at 6.14 pm.

 

E/29/09/21

Corporate Performance Report - Quarter 1 pdf icon PDF 259 KB

To consider the attached report of the Interim Director of Resources, which:

 

1.    Provides a summary of progress against the revised corporate performance targets for the period 1 April 2021 – 30 June 2021; and

2.    Informs the Executive of any areas of concern or issues requiring attention and the remedial actions taken.

 

RECOMMENDED that the progress made for Quarter 4 2020/21 be noted.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the Interim Director of Corporate Services report F29/21 which provided a summary of progress against the revised corporate performance targets,   for the period 1 April 2021 - 30 June 2021. The report also informed the Executive of any areas of concern or issues requiring attention and the remedial activity in place to deal with those.

 

The Chairman informed Members that there were no representations made to the Executive by Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Proposed by Councillor Taylor

Seconded by Councillor Tonkin

 

and RESOLVED that the progress for Quarter 1 Performance 1st April 2021 – 30 June 2021 be noted.

 

Other options considered:The only other option is not to report on progress against targets set. This is not recommended.

 

Reasons for the decision: To advise Members of progress against outcomes.

E/30/09/21

Nomination of an Asset of Community Value: Belah Bridge,Inn (formerly the Black Bull), Brough, Sowerby pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To consider report G27/21 of the Assistant Director of Legal and Democratic Services, which explores options for the nomination of Belah Bridge Inn (formerly the Black Bull), Brough Sowerby as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act 2011.

 

RECOMMENDED that the nomination of Belah Bridge Inn (formerly the Black Bull), Brough Sowerby as an asset of community value be not accepted.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the Assistant Director Legal and Democratic Services report G27/21 regarding the nomination of Belah Bridge Inn (formerly the Black Bull),

BroughSowerby as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act

2011.

 

Proposed by Councillor Taylor

Seconded by Councillor Derbyshire

 

andRESOLVED that the nomination of Belah Bridge Inn (formerly the Black

Bull), Brough Sowerby as an asset of community value not be accepted.

 

Other options considered: None as the statutory criteria are considered to be met. The Council has a statutory duty to make a decision on the nomination.

 

Reasons for the decision: To carry out the Council’s statutory duty as the determining authority under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011. Please also refer to paragraph 3.10 of the report.

E/31/09/21

UK100 Climate Change Network pdf icon PDF 593 KB

To consider the attached report PP21/21 of the Assistant Director Development, which provides information on whether Eden District Council should join UK100 by signing up to the UK100 pledge set out in Appendix 1 to the report.

 

RECOMMENDED that Eden District Council

 

1.    Joins UK100 in order to connect with other decision-makers around the UK and to work together on shared projects and ambitions to decarbonise and develop smart energy solutions; and

2.    Adopts and aligns the targets and actions set out in the UK100 pledge with those already set in the Zero Carbon & Biodiversity Strategy (October 2021).

Minutes:

Members considered the Assistant Director Delivery’s report PP21/21 regarding whether Eden District Council should join UK100 by signing up to the UK100 pledge set out in the Appendix. This would reduce the Council’s impact on the environment and assist towards delivering targets set in the Zero Carbon Strategy and in line with the declaration for carbon neutrality by 2030.

 

Councillor Taylor suggested that the recommendation should also reflect the Council’s strategy and action plan to reduce carbon emissions for all the district and to achieve the net-zero by 2030.

 

Proposed by Councillor Taylor

Seconded by Councillor Sharp

 

and RESOLVED that

 

1)    Eden District Council join UK100 in order to connect with other decisions-makers around the UK and to work together on shared projects and ambitions to decarbonise and develop smart energy solutions;

 

2)    the Council adopts and align the targets and actions set out in the UK100 pledge with those already set in the Zero Carbon & Biodiversity Strategy (October 2021) and the Council’s commitment for the District to achieve zero carbon by 2030.

 

Other options considered: There were no other options were considered.

 

Reasons for the decision: To connect with other decisions-makers around the UK and to work together on shared projects and ambitions to decarbonise and develop smart energy solutions. This will reduce our impact on the environment and assist towards delivering target set in the Zero Carbon Strategy and in line with declaration for carbon neutrality by 2030.

 

 

 

 

 

 

E/32/09/21

Cumbria COVID 19 Recovery Strategy pdf icon PDF 297 KB

To consider the attached report CE11/21 of the Deputy Chief Executive, which provides information on adopting the Cumbria Covid-19 Recovery Strategy.

 

RECOMMENDED that Eden District Council adopts the Cumbria Covid-19 Recovery Strategy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the Deputy Chief Executive’s report CE11/21 which sought the adoption of the Cumbria Covid-19 Recovery Strategy.

 

Proposed by Councillor Taylor

Seconded by Councillor Tonkin

 

and RESOLVED that Eden District Council adopt the Cumbria Covid-19 Recovery Strategy.

 

Other options considered: Not to adopt the Strategy.  This has been rejected as continued partnership working across the wider Cumbria geography has proven to be effective in both Covid response and recovery.

 

Reasons for decision: The adoption of the Cumbria Covid-19 Recovery Strategy will allow the Council to align its approach to recovery, consistent with the Cumbria-wide framework, and continue the partnership working with all agencies involved in the recovery.

E/33/09/21

Any Other Items which the Chairman decides are urgent

Minutes:

There were no items which the Chairman felt were urgent.

E/34/09/21

Date of Next Scheduled Meeting

The date of the next scheduled meeting of the Executive be confirmed as Tuesday 19October 2021 at 6.00 pm.

Minutes:

The next scheduled meeting of the Executive was confirmed as Tuesday 19 October 2021.